
In this formula b = 6
a = (2 x 20^4) / b^6
So the answer is 6.8587
If I already knew that a = 6.8587, and b was the unknown, how would I solve that problem so that the answer to b didn't come out in exponential form. I mean, so that the answer would come out as "6" instead of something to the something power?
If it did come out as something to the something power, how would I convert that to a regular number?

Holy cow...your asking me to remember my pre calculus days. When your trying to solve to that power things get tuff. Well, I will tell you right now Im not going to do it!
Im glad thats over.
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You are going to sprain your brain if you keep this up.

midhvac,
Do the basic algebra and up end up with:
b=(2x20^4/a)all raised to the 1/6
You need a scientific calculator to get what b is. That is, 46656.07 ^1/6
plug in all the numbers and the answer is 6.
Is this what you were asking?

Originally posted by midhvac
In this formula b = 6
a = (2 x 20^4) / b^6
So the answer is 6.8587
Perhaps some number theory may be appropriate here.
'a' in this example is equal to exactly 320,000 / 46,656 or approximately 6.85871056241426611796982167352538 (using Microsoft calculator )
'a' is considered a 'rational' number because it can be wriiten as a fraction, i.e., x / y where x and y are integers.
Originally posted by midhvac
If I already knew that a = 6.8587, and b was the unknown, how would I solve that problem so that the answer to b didn't come out in exponential form. I mean, so that the answer would come out as "6" instead of something to the something power?
Ok, lets assume 'a' = 7, what is 'b'?
b = (320,000 / 7)^(1/6)
where 'b' is approximately 5.979643919487405903197485402773 (again using Microsoft calculator)
In this case, 'b' is an irrational number. There is no fraction, x / y, that can define 'b' where x and y are integers. Think about it! No integer numbers whatsoever. Raising this expression to the 1/6th power causes this to occur.
Mmmmm... so does this help?

You guys rock! Thanks! I've got a scientific calculator and the 1/6 power works.

Originally posted by condenseddave
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You are going to sprain your brain if you keep this up.
Nah, I put an elastic support around my head, just in case.

Hey! Wait a minute! Why are we using 1/6? Is it because the answer to b is 6? So I have to know the answer before I can work the problem?

Originally posted by midhvac
Originally posted by condenseddave
Mid
You are going to sprain your brain if you keep this up.
Nah, I put an elastic support around my head, just in case.
Let's put that elastic support to work...
Using your calculator, solve the following:
x^3 = x * x * x = 27
or x = (27)^(1/3)
A little figuring will show that 'x' must equal 3, i.e., 3 * 3 * 3 = 27
Why does the calculator fail to figure this out?

Originally posted by midhvac
Hey! Wait a minute! Why are we using 1/6? Is it because the answer to b is 6? So I have to know the answer before I can work the problem?
Nope. Using apropriate math:
a = (2 x 20^4) / b^6
a = 320,000 / b^6
b^6 = 320,000 / a
(b^6)^(1/6) = (320,000 / a)^(1/6)
b = (320,000 / a)^(1/6)

I think I am going into another field. I will never figure this stuff out!!!

You big bunch of math nerds.

Originally posted by mattm
You big bunch of math nerds.
Yea , bet they got pocket protectors too>)
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